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Contractions

A contraction is a shortened form of one or two words (one of which is usually a verb). In a contraction, an apostrophe takes the place of the missing letter or letters. Some contractions are: I'm (I am), can't (cannot), how's (how is), and Ma'am (Madam).

For example, "don't" is a contraction that is short for "do not"; the apostrophe in "don't" takes the place of the missing "o". Another example is "o'clock," a contraction "of the clock." A less common example of a contraction is "jack-o'-lantern," short for "jack-of-lantern"; in it, the apostrophe takes the place of the missing "f" in "of."

 

List o' Common Contractions

 

  BE WILL WOULD HAVE HAD
I I'm
I am
I'll
I will
I'd
I would
I've
I have
I'd
I had
you you're
you are
you'll
you will
you'd
you would
you've
you have
you'd
you had
he he's
he is
he'll
he will
he'd
he would
he's
he has
he'd
he had
she she's
she is
she'll
she will
she'd
she would
she's
she has
she'd
she had
it it's (or 'tis)
it is
it'll
it will
it'd
it would
it's
it has
it'd
it had
we we're
we are
we'll
we will
we'd
we would
we've
we have
we'd
we had
they they're
they are
they'll
they will
they'd
they would
they've
they have
they'd
they had
that that's
that is
that'll
that will
that'd
that would
that's
that has
that'd
that had
who who's
who is
who'll
who will
who'd
who would
who's
who has
who'd
who had
what what's/what're
what is/what are
what'll
what will
what'd
what would
what's
what has
what'd
what had
where where's
where is
where'll
where will
where'd
where would
where's
where has
where'd
where had
when when's
when is
when'll
when will
when'd
when would
when's
when has
when'd
when had
why why's
why is
why'll
why will
why'd
why would
why's
why has
why'd
why had
how how's
how is
how'll
how will
how'd
how would
how's
how has
how'd
how had


WORDS DOUBLE CONTRACTION
she would have she'd've (colloquial)
it is not 'tisn't (archaic)
WORDS (negating a verb) CONTRACTION
is not isn't
are not aren't
was not wasn't
were not weren't
have not haven't
has not hasn't
had not hadn't
will not won't
would not wouldn't
do not don't
does not doesn't
did not didn't
cannot can't
could not couldn't
should not shouldn't
might not mightn't
must not mustn't


WORDS (woulda-shoulda-coulda) CONTRACTION
would have would've
should have should've
could have could've
might have might've
must have must've


WORDS (odd ones) CONTRACTION
of o'
of the clock o'clock
madam ma'am
never-do-well ne'er-do-well
cat-of-nine-tails cat-o'-nine-tails
jack-of-the-lantern jack-o'-lantern
will-of-the-wisp will-o'-the-wisp
it was 'twas (archaic)